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 After a Chaotic Primary, New York Scrambles to Reset for the 2020 Election

Posted On: Aug 1, 2020   |   Posted By: Time

New York state Senator Zellnor Myrie cast his ballot in person during the early vote period in his state's June primary. He'd applied for an absentee ballot -which didn't arrive in his mailbox until a day before the election. So rather than hold out for it, he decided to go in to ensure he would get the chance to vote, figuring he wasn't at too much additional risk of contracting the coronavirus.
But for the thousands of other New Yorkers who, like Myrie, reportedly didn't receive their absentee ballots in a timely fashion or at all , weighing their right to vote against the public and personal health risks of going to a polling station may not have been so easy. It's a choice voting access advocates say no one should have to make.
New York's June 23 primary did not go smoothly. The issues election officials and voters faced were wide ranging, but hinged mostly on a massive number of absentee ballots flooding a system that was simply unequipped to process them. In the 2016 primary, New York state had 157,885...

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